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Epicurean Adventures: Five Food around the World Worth Traveling For

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“Cooking and eating in a foreign country may be the surest, truest way to its soul.” –Author Unknown

 

It has been said that there are little things in the world that are far more enjoyable than travel and food.

In fact, it has been widely believed that the best way to get to know a country is to eat your way through it. In this regard, it would be very much understandable why food is such a pertinent aspect in one’s foreign excursions insomuch that there are some travelers who would be willing to make the travel just to sample any foreign cuisine. After all, a single plate would already tell you a story– a single meal a myriad of tales. Eating food in foreign places tends to give us a brief insight into the city’s history and culture and in this regard, it has been said that there are some foreign food items that are not only good for nourishing the body but for the soul as well.

However, while there is much to be said about trying an array of food items in a foreign place, it is also true that there are foreign dishes worth the expense of an airplane ticket. These are the definitive dishes that most tourists would always include in their travel bucket list as these food items do not only give your palate a flavorful adventure but a memorable epicurean experience as well. And although it has always been argued that there is nothing better than the food cooked at home, these are the very dishes that would make your feet itch and leave home for. After all, people do not simply go on food tours such as a food trip in Pampanga if the food was not all that exceptional.

In any case, here are some of the best food offers around the world that would make for an excellent and compelling reason for travel:

 

Kaya Toast (Singapore)

Singapore is known to be a goldmine of scrumptious food and delectable dishes insomuch that it might just be included in every food enthusiast’s food bucket list. After all, the city of Singapore is known to be a food carnival of all sorts that even the food stalls lining their streets get so much traffic from both locals and travelers. Indeed, food in Singapore runs the gamut from the ever famous Singaporean chili crab to their tasty dim sum staple. However, before you feats yourself on an array of Singaporean food, you might want to start with a lesser known Singaporean food item that is definitely worth coming back for. Before you queue up for Singapore’s more popular food offers, look for the nearest coffee house and try their Kaya toast. You might ask what is so special about this bread that it would merit the first mention on this list. Well, this egg is anything but ordinary as it is essentially bread slathered generously with coconut jam and served with soft-boiled white-peppered eggs that were bathed in soy sauce—all of which are perfect elements to start your day.

Tacos El Pastor (Mexico)

While a serving of tacos is pretty much available in most shopping malls, you would be missing out a lot if you have never tried the authentic ones made from the originators themselves, the Mexicans. This is especially true if you are a big fan of Mexican food and if you are, you should never miss out on the opportunity to eat tacos the way they should be prepared. The streets of Mexico are ubiquitously lined with vendor after vendor selling these definitive Mexican Tacos. What makes them special? Probably because it is nothing like your local Mexican food joint can ever emulate. After all, corn tortillas filled with pork marinated in pineapple juice which is then roasted kebab-style rotisserie is probably nothing like what you had in your local Mexican food joint.

High tea (London)

Although a little bit pricier than what your local Starbucks can offer, having tea and scone in London is very much worth the extra expense. If you can do it at least once, you probably should. There is nothing like sipping on expensive tea with your pinkies up and pairing it with a combination of flour and butter baked to perfection topped with a dollop of the freshest berry jam and the sweetest, richest cream.

Warm Crepes (Paris)

When one thinks of Paris, perhaps the first thing that comes to mind would be baguettes. After all, it seems like this rendition of bread is king when it comes to the city of love. However, do not let baguettes be the sole reason why you would see the beautiful skies of Paris. Traipse down any streets of the city and you would find arrays of food carts selling you crepe with generous spoonsful of Nutella—a must try, definitely and certainly worth booking a plane ticket for.

Pho (Vietnam)

Hailed as one of the world’s best dishes, Pho is that one dish best tasted when prepared by their masters and creators, the Vietnamese. Although pho is typically a soup enjoyed either for lunch and dinner, they are best consumed in the early morning in Hanoi, where it originates from. Eating pho for breakfast means that you can guarantee the freshness of your herbs and the suppleness of your noodles which would emit a mouthwatering aroma. As a result, Pho would not be a gustatory experience, but an olfactory one as well.

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Travel EATinerary: Five Excellent Tips for Staying Healthy While Eating on the Road

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“I am kind of obsessed with food. I like to eat. When I tour, it is like, well, life a food tour as much as a comedy tour.”-Aziz Ansari

 

It has been said that the best way to know more about a country is to eat your way through it. Resultantly, the concept of food tours was introduced. After all, according to Paul Prudhomme, one does not require a silver fork to eat good food. This sentiment alone tells us that excellent food can be found and enjoyed almost anywhere in a foreign city, from luxurious and sophisticated restaurants to obscure and relatively unknown eateries.

In fact, the very idea of food tourism capitalizes on showcasing tourists and locals the best of what the city can offer in terms of culinary treats while simultaneously exploring the locale. After all, food tourism is about the adventure as much as it is about the food. Unfortunately, while you are guaranteed to a smorgasbord of scrumptious treats at every stop, no one can vouch for the quality of food you are going to ingest—regardless of whether you are dining at a restaurant or in a food tour. The consumption of food may be a visceral experience, albeit enjoyable on a whole but that does not excuse our blithe attitude in terms of checking its quality before consumption. Getting sick in the middle of a trip can truly put a damper on your plans and deter you from trying out more local foods which is why we need to be a little more vigilant about the food we are about to ingest—most especially when we are on the road and in areas where comfort rooms are rather scarce. However, this article is not meant to deprive you of enjoyment associated with trying out new hole-in-the-wall restaurants and street food fares.

It does, however, caution you to be a little mindful of the basic sanitary practices that went into the preparation of your food. You can still approach eating with reckless abandon, but at the very least try to follow basic sanitary guidelines regardless of whether you are eating at a five-star restaurant or with some food buddies in a food trip in Pampanga. In any case, here are some of the ways you can have an authentic dining experience while you mitigate the risks of getting ill:

 

Wash your hands often

There is no substitute for washing your hands with soap and water. Alternatives such as hand sanitizers, alcohol, and hand creams just do not cut it. Before partaking in a meal, always ALWAYS wash your hands. In fact, wash them whenever you can and then, wash them again. Not to promote obsessive-compulsiveness but washing your hands is a good habit to develop. In this regard, wash your hands before and after a meal and anytime you can think of it.

Beware of fruit shakes in drink stands with no access to purified water

Sure, they look tempting enough on the stands and what’s more is that they are reasonably priced as well. However, before you try every flavor available and go on a fruit shake bingefest, be a hundred percent sure that the water they have been using (and the ice for that matter) has been purified. Of course, this is not to say you should deprive yourself of the inexpensive pleasure of drinking beverages made from a drink stand. But, if it does not have access to potable water and has questionable sanitary practices, you might want to skip this treat.

Choose cooked over fresh food

While food freshness is key, if you are uncertain about the hygiene and sanitary practices of a particular restaurant or eatery, it would make more sense to opt for food that is properly cooked. Anything that has been cooked in high temperature will kill residual germs and bacteria that might have been sitting on the food. Keep in mind that though a food might be fresh, if it was improperly handled, there is still a likely chance it would give you the stomach flu. So, when you are in doubt, go for anything that is fried, boiled or baked instead.

Take it easy on the meat

Meat can turn potentially rancid in a significantly shorter time that vegetables ever will. More importantly, it is a lot meaner on your body when ingested. If you are unsure about how your meat is handled (or how long it stood), go easy on it and choose vegetables instead. As much as possible, reserve your meat-eating exploits within the confines of formal restaurants and eateries where it is guaranteed to have refrigeration.

Look for high turnover and low fly-count

If you are feeling a bit adventurous and would want to try the flavors of the street, look for stalls that have a high turnover of food. More importantly, scout for food stalls that do not have flies atop their food. Flies are vectors of disease and if they have sitting atop food for a while, there is a likely chance that the food would already be contaminated with bacteria and germs.

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Memorable Vacations: Three Excellent Tips for Picking a Good Hotel Online

 

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“The gladdest moment in human life, I think, is a departure into unknown lands”-Sir Richard Burton

 

Hotels can make or break your vacation.

However, much of this depends on the kind of travel you are looking for: a comfortable and luxurious one that allows you to relax or one that pushes you out of your comfort zone and enables you to rough it. Depending on the kind of traveler you are, you might consider overlooking the accommodation aspect in your vacation given that you will be spending more time experiencing the city rather than within the confines of your room. However, while much of your vacation is spent exploring the city, a comfortable night at a hotel would significantly contribute to a better experience.

Sure, you might not be spending the majority of your time inside your hotel room, but an excellent hotel does more than just provide you with a comfortable night’s sleep and stay. It ensures your personal safety, almost guarantees that your belongings are safe from being stolen and prompt quality service would be rendered to you should you need it. Furthermore, the hotel concierge would be able to give you a myriad of sightseeing suggestions which you can add to your travel itinerary. On the whole, a good hotel can elevate your trip and make it all the more immersive and memorable. However, booking a hotel is best done in advance to ensure that there are available rooms for occupancy and the only way you can do that is to either book at their website or over the phone (which can cost you a lot in long-distance toll fees).

Considering that your accommodation quarters is paramount to your comfort and convenience for the entire duration of your trip, it is best to pick a hotel you deem most appropriate for your kind of travel. Unfortunately, singling one hotel among innumerable others can be quite the challenge to do and figuring out what you want may prove to be even harder—especially as all this is done online. Unless you are traveling to an obscure and incredibly remote place, the information you need about your hotel can all be found online regardless of whether you are selecting from a slew of hotels in Pampanga or elsewhere. So, use this to your advantage.

In any case, here are some of the indispensable tips to keep in mind in finding the best hotel for your trip online:

 

1.) Determine what is important to you

Selecting the best hotel for you starts with determining what is most important to you. In this regard, it is best to start your search with a list in hand. This list should include all the things that would make your stay more comfortable and enjoyable. The contents of this list can range from anything to having free breakfast along with the room to fast Wi-Fi. Identify the aspects that are most important to you and come up with a realistic price range for your accommodation. Remember, more often than not, your hotel would be one of the costliest aspects in your trip, but it is not the only thing you would be spending for. Know what your priorities are and then choose from there.

2.) Make sure your hotel is equipped with the holy grail of amenities

Before deciding on a hotel, ensure that the amenities pivotal to your stay are offered by it. It might vary depending on the kind of traveler you are, but it would typically consist of an excellent air-conditioning unit, free Wi-Fi, adequate parking space, and breakfast. If all of these are offered, then well and good but you should also take the extra step of checking whether the hotel would charge you extra for these perks. A hotel that comes with Wi-Fi and prepares breakfast does not make these as perfunctory additions to your room. It could be that they would charge patrons extra for both. Incidentally, try to read the hotel reviews and see if any of these aspects were cited as a complaint to ensure that you get the best deal out of your buck.

3.) Check the hotel’s website

While most third-party booking apps would offer you comprehensive and exhaustive reviews (sometimes detailing what the guest liked and did not like), it would be to your advantage to be a little more thorough in your research. In this regard, your research should extend beyond what TripAdvisor and Agoda reviews say and take time to check the hotel’s official website as well. Although third-party booking apps would ensure they offer accurate information, hotels may change their policies, have additional fees and the like that would take third-party apps a little time to update. With this in mind, it is always better to check the official website as well. To be entirely sure, you can always opt to call the hotel.

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Seeing the World: Excellent Reasons to Travel at Least Once a Year

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“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain

 

It has been of no question that travel is an essential outlet for us to take a breather from our perpetual lives. Apart from that, it allows us to reinvigorate our souls and put a pause on whatever present and current worries we might have and in one way or another, it can be seen as an avenue for a momentary respite from our daily grind.

In this regard, we can infer that taking a trip at least once a year would be necessary for optimal functioning. Furthermore, taking a brief break from your year would ultimately culminate to a better productivity and efficiency in the workplace. With this in mind, embarking on a journey at least once a year is an absolute must for everyone–regardless of whether you are in your early twenties or in your fifties. Travel and feed your soul, let it enrich your life and allow you to make memorable experiences. Ltravel-at-least-once-a-yearet it enthrall you and in turn, immerse yourself in the beauty of the world and the diversity of other cultures.

Regardless of what kind of travel plan you have, whether that may be participating in a food trip in Pampanga or something else entirely, you should dedicate time for traveling every single year. Here are some of the most compelling reasons why you should:

 

1.) It educates you

No doubt, travel is the best form of education there is. After all, what better way is there to go and learn more about the world than to turn it into a visceral experience itself? In some ways, traveling can offer you a limitless source of knowledge and education that cannot be found within the confines of a library and even impossible to get in a university. Apart from the obvious, traveling teaches you a lot about culture, history, economy, sociology, politics and more importantly, geography. All of these you can learn without ever having to set foot in a classroom.

2.) Allow yourself a break once in a while

If you have been grinding it day in and day out in the office, then you definitely need a well-deserved break. Travel and allow yourself at least that much in a year. After all, as a famous quotation goes, we are not only meant for working and paying bills. So, go ahead and indulge yourself and see beyond the things you are so accustomed to everyday. It does not matter if you have developed an affinity for your job or not, your efficiency will inevitably decline if you do not give yourself some time to metaphorically oil your gears and recharge your batteries. And you can only do all of those through traveling.

3.) It is very possible

Some individuals balk at the idea of traveling once a year thinking that it would put an unnecessary strain on their finances or would eat up too much time in their schedules. However, traveling once a year is very much doable–regardless of how parsimonious you are with your finances or how busy you are in your life. Today, seeing the world is made possible by cheap promo fares and inexpensive alternative accommodations. For this reason, you have absolutely no excuse for failing to travel at least once a year. In this regard, it is also best if you booked your trip in advance to ensure that it becomes a reality. Moreover, airplane tickets are much cheaper if you booked them way in advance.

4.) Relieves stress

One of the best avenues for stress alleviation is through traveling. If you have ever felt like you are swamped with work or are in an endless loop of doing work tasks and chores, then you do need to travel. In fact, a number of studies have stated that one of the biggest advantages in traveling once a year is stress reduction. Call it a momentary reprieve if you may, but if it allows you to relax and let go of whatever is stressing you then by all means indulge yourself to a day trip or two. Traveling relieves stress by allowing you to get away from your daily routine and immersing yourself in a totally new environment. Resultantly, it would reset both your mind and body. Moreover, traveling provides an avenue for optimal functioning and productivity once you get back to work.

 

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Philippine Tourism: The Top Five Reasons Why Pampanga is the Next Premier Destination in Luzon

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“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” –Henry Miller

Pampanga is regarded as the Philippines gastronomic epicenter insomuch that it has been regarded as the country’s culinary capital.

However, there is so much more to be expected from this province other than their epicurean delights. Over the years, Pampanga has shown great promise in terms of business and industry. Resultantly, a potential boost in tourism can also be expected. In this regard, Pampanga can prospectively expect an influx of tourists to visit the province over the next coming years. After all, the province is only an hour or two away from Metro Manila via the Luzon Expressway which in effect, makes it pretty much nearby the Philippine capital, Metro Manila. In this respect, tourists and locals coming from the adjacent metropolitan city can go for a quick weekend sojourn to the province and would find themselves with quite a lot to do. Apart from being home to amusement and adventure parks (with Sandbox Pampanga being one of them), a series of hotels, resorts, and shopping malls, Pampanga also has an international airport in Clark. From a traveler’s standpoint, these are all the elements necessary to have an advantageous edge in tourism over neighboring provinces.

Slated as the next premier destination of Central Luzon, here are just some of the reasons why Pampanga deserves a visit from you before it becomes overrun with tourists all year long:

1.) Themed/Amusement Parks

Arguably, Sandbox in Porac, a project by Alviera remains to be one of the most popular adventure parks in Pampanga. The theme park cleverly incorporates elements of physical adventure into its attractions that would make for an excellent afternoon of adventurous play. However, while the Sandbox is Pampanga’s iconic adventure theme park, the province is home to more than just one. From Aqua Planet, Insectlandia to Lubao Bamboo Park, one can definitely say that Pampanga is the land for adventurers with theme parks to cater to every and any adventurer and individual there is.

2.) Hotels and Resorts

As Pampanga is home to one of Philippine’s largest international airports, it would be inevitable for the province to see a deluge of tourists from time to time. As a result, the province has seen a myriad of hotels and resorts developed and erected in almost every nook and cranny of the city. Pampanga plays host to a range of hotels and resorts nestled inside Clark and nearby areas. Travelers are given an extensive selection of accommodations from sophisticated and luxury ones to budget-friendly lodgings. In this respect, there would always be a place for every traveler. And regardless of what kind of traveler you might be, you will always find a definitive accommodation arrangement to suit your needs.

3.) Natural Wonders

Pampanga is more than just a food enthusiast’s paradise; it is also a haven for natural wonders. Apart from being blessed with natural beauty, Pampanga also has a lot of human-made attractions that are worth adding to your itinerary. If you ever have a proclivity for being in touch with nature and exploring its natural and bountiful wonder, go trekking in Pampanga to better appreciate what Mother Earth has to offer. Some of the places you can visit are Mount Arayat, Haduan Falls, Mount Pinatubo, and Dara Falls Porac to name a few.

4.) Local attractions and tourist spots

While Pampanga undoubtedly has its prolific share of natural wonders, its attractions extend beyond what nature can offer. For one, the province has quite a lot of malls that are just an hour drive or less away. Your weekend activities can range from visiting scenic and picturesque beaches up north and wrapping up the day in a shopping mall by nightfall. In any case, there is never a shortage of activities in Pampanga that you can expect your weekend itinerary to be full and enjoyable.

5.) Historical and Heritage Sites

If you have a penchant for history, then you are going to have a unique affinity with Pampanga. As one of Pampanga’s provinces was once the former United State’s airbase, the place will inevitably be teeming with history. So, if you are one of those individuals who wish to take a closer look at a place’s vibrant past, then some of your must-visits should include churches, museums and historical and heritage sites—all of which can be found in Pampanga.

 

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Pampanga Living: What You Need to Know About Kapampangans

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“Your genetics load the gun. Your lifestyle pulls the trigger.”-Mehmet Oz

Known as the culinary epicenter of the Philippines, there is a lot more to Pampanga than just their world famous sisig.

While the gastronomic delights, epic food trips, and the weekend wonderland Sandbox Pampanga would all primarily and collectively take center stage, the place’s charm is undoubtedly found in its residents—in its people. So, if you have ever considered living in this colorful province or decided to marry a Kampampangan, know that you are not only buying a home in this province, but you are buying into the neighborhood and marrying into their culture as well. In this regard, it might be helpful to know a few things about the people from Pampanga to commence your assimilation process.

Here are some of the things you should know about Kapampangans:

1.) They have their own language

Most Kapampangans have an excellent command of the Filipino language, but they have their own respective dialect as well which they prefer to utilize in communicating with each other. When they do get together, they can be rather loud, but that is just because they enjoy the sound of their languages and hearing themselves talk. In fact, their affinity for their language extends to the point wherein they would scour a crowded room just to look for someone speaking in Kapampangan. When they do come across one, they would easily become friends and would converse almost immediately. On the surface, the language might sound a little gruff, but that can be attributed to the dialect’s accent.

2.) They are a proud bunch

Kapampangans are proud of their race as well as their heritage. However, this is not to say that they are conceited and ethnocentric but instead they find honor in the fact that they were born a Kampampangan. Like most Filipinos, they believe that they have the prettiest women and are pretty much the best in everything—particularly in cooking and Filipino cuisine. No one can argue that indeed, Kapampangans are known for their legendary food offerings but they also believe that they are the first in everything such as the first woman author, the first novel in English and so on. Kapampangans wear their heritage with a seal of pride and would proudly announce to anyone who would care enough to listen to where they are from. They are fiercely patriotic—not only to the Philippines but to the Kapampangan nation as well.

3.) They produce novel dishes

This one should be a no-brainer. After all, where did the legendary Filipino sisig come from, right? Known to be the culinary capital of the Philippines, it should be no question that Kapampangans are talented and skilled at cooking. In fact, many of their dishes are original and novel—so much so that Pampanga is known to be the Filipino foodie’s ultimate destination. While other regions are recognized for one dish and desserts such as the Lechon for Cebu and the chicken inasal of Bacolod, Pampanga has a cornucopia of epicurean delights. In Pampanga, original recipes are considered as prized birthrights passed down from generation to generation. Consequently, everyone is expected to cook regardless of whether you are a man or a woman.

4.) They take offense when called dugong-aso

If you do not want to be at the receiving end of another Kapampangan’s death glare, you should never call them dugong-aso or dog blooded. They would take offense and see it as an affront to the memory of their ancestors as well as a personal attack. People from Pampanga have endured being seen as traitors for generations. For years, people have carelessly regarded them as nothing more than treacherous cowards, and since then, the insult has struck a deep chord in them. Refrain from implying that they are or calling them so if you wish to stay in the good graces of your Kapampangan community.

5.) They are deeply religious

As Pampanga was designated as the country’s capital during the Spanish colonization when Christianity was first introduced to the Filipino people, and it should come as no surprise to find how religion has become deeply ingrained in Kapampangans. In fact, their deep-seated devotion to the Christian faith has now since transformed to an excessive devotion to anything that might be associated with their colonizer’s religion. In this regard, you can expect their temples to be intricately decorated and feast days to be festive and elaborate. Known to be the region with the most devout Catholics in the Philippines, Pampanga has effected quite a lot of religions to this end—not only in Catholicism but several variations of it. It is known to be the home of Apollo Quiboloy, the founder of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ and Dating Daan’s Eli Soriano.

 

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Discover Philippines: Interesting Facts about Pampanga (That is Definitely More than its Cuisine!)

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“Travel is rebellion in its purest form. We follow our heart. We free ourselves of labels. We lose control willingly. We trade a role for reality. We love the unfamiliar. We trust strangers. We own only what we can carry. We search for better questions, not answers. We truly graduate. We, sometimes, choose never to come back” –Author Unknown

 

Regarded as the culinary epicenter of the Philippines (and heralded as the local land of talented cooks and chefs with a unique flair for reinventing local dishes) Pampanga is a province that offers you more than just scrumptious sisig and other Filipino delicacies.

Although it is undeniably that one go-to place for food enthusiasts, Pampanga is also an avenue for unique adventures. Furthermore, the place is replete with historical structures such as ancient churches which make for a riveting retelling of the Philippine saga that took place in the local province. Indeed, the province is deeply entrenched with history and blessed with natural and man-made scenery—so much so that it has something to offer for every individual who might wish to visit.

Living up to its name of being “The Culinary Center of the Philippines, one can also expect a string of homegrown restaurants and cafes that feature some of the province’s known and beloved dishes. These are presented to you by individuals who are proud of their culinary prowess—some of which consider to be a heritage. San Fernando, the capital city is nationally acclaimed for its distinct Easter tradition which involves a re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ—an event which tourists from all over the world would come by to witness. However, the crucifixion re-enactment is not the only event that has garnered intrigue and sparked interest. San Fernando is also known for its popular Pampanga Christmas lanterns that are not only gigantic in size but are colorful and would sing as well. There are quite a lot of things to do in Pampanga that it has been considered one of the leading Philippine provinces slated for economic growth. Apart from the colorful history and unique culture, the province is rife with tourist destinations as well as nightlife attractions.

 

HOW TO GET THERE

As Pampanga gets a regular influx of visitors to the city each day, you can expect a series of buses plying to the different parts of the province daily from the metropolis. You do not need to worry about strict time schedules either as they usually leave on an hourly basis. If you wish to head towards San Fernando City, look for buses such as Saulog Transit and Victory Liner. However, if Angeles City is your destination, catch a Philtranco bus.

SIGHT-SEEING ATTRACTIONS TO VISIT

History enthusiasts and culture buffs would be pleased to know that the province of Pampanga has quite a lot to offer them in terms of tourist attractions. Some of the ancient churches one should visit is the San Guillermo Church, Betis, and St. Peter the Apostle Church. Individuals who have a penchant for natural sights would enjoy visiting the Scenic Candaba Swamps and Mt. Arayat. Meanwhile, history and culture aficionados should definitely drop by the Museo Ning Angeles.

FOOD TO TRY

As Pampanga is known to be the culinary capital of the country, it would be a shame if you did not at least try some of their most famous food offerings. Apart from giving the iconic restaurant Atching Lilli’n’s a visit and of course, trying the world-famous sisig, you should definitely try some of Pampanga’s more exotic food offerings. If your stomach can take it (and if you have the nerve to try), go ahead and sample Pritong Palaka (fried frogs), adobong balut (sautéed fertilized duck egg), deep-fried camarus (Deep fried mole crickets) and yummy heart beat. Kick your trip up a notch by turning it into a gastronomic adventure. Sure, they might not exactly be food fares that you would normally eat on an everyday basis, but you might find that you actually have the palate for them.

FESTIVAL AND EVENTS

If you like scheduling your trips to parallel festival and event dates, then it is best to know what the events and festivals you can potentially witness in advance. Some of Pampanga’s well-known and beloved events include Ibon Ebon Festival which is held every February 8 through 10. It is dedicated to the Candaba Swamp which would serve as a temporary settlement to a flock of migratory birds from the different parts of the world. If you have a unique interest for our avian friends, you might want to witness this event. Alternatively, you can also opt to witness the Philippine International Hot-Air Balloon Festival which falls roughly at the same time on February (usually on the second Thursday). It features events such as hot-air balloon competition, aircraft maneuvers, and a series of other aerial demonstrations.

 

Indeed, if you want to experience a little bit of everything, try visiting Pampanga, Philippines. In just one trip, you will already experience a fraction of the very best the Philippines can offer—from the food to the activities.

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